Rod and Samantha Hamilton chat to the business council’s Dennis Bice. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

SMALL businesses in Bendigo will have access to tuition in emerging technology, its benefits and consequences, over the coming weeks.

Business council BE.Bendigo launched in Hargreaves Mall on Monday the Bendigo Small Business Festival.

It will host events, workshops and speakers in 24 topics until August 31.

“A real focus of this year’s festival will be how emerging technologies are affecting small businesses and how we can harness them to improve productivity and open up new opportunities,” BE.Bendigo chief executive Dennis Bice said.

“Other initiatives celebrate the contribution of women in business, build capacity for not-for-profits and highlight support for trades.”

Chairperson Marika McMahon said operating a small business could be hard work particularly when it came to keeping with up with change.

She encouraged businesses to attend a session that could help them.

More information is available from bebendigo.com.au/small-business-festival.